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How will home and school work together to help my child?

At Melbourn Primary School we are keen to work closely with families to support children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Your child will make the best progress if information is shared between school and home – and if parents can build on the skills that school are teaching.

Update meetings, Parents’ Evenings and Reports

At school we record any extra provision a child is receiving on a secure computer database called ‘Bluehills’. In addition, each child with SEND has a ‘Pupil Passport’ which identifies strengths and interests, barriers to learning and things that help.

This ‘package’ of support is monitored at least termly by the class teacher and SENDCo. It will also be shared with you at key points in the school year:

  1. At the October parents’ evening – a separate afternoon of longer appointments is available for children on the SEND list. The SENDCo will be available during these appointments too.
  2. At the February parents’ evening – again, there will be an afternoon of longer appointments, as above.
  3. At the end of the school year
  4. If your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan – at their annual review meeting.

These meetings are an opportunity for you and your child to discuss and help make decisions about the support they receive. We are keen to hear your views and to tailor provision as closely as possible to individual needs.

For some families and children there will be times where more frequent communication (eg through a home-school diary) or an interim meeting might be helpful. In this case, please contact either your child’s class teacher or myself to arrange.

My contact details are:

Mrs Abigail Roberts   

Tel: 01763 223 457

Email: SENCO@melbourn.cambs.sch.uk

As part of these meetings, staff will be able to give you tips, ideas or prompt-sheets on how to support your child at home. Here are some good starting points though:

  • Life can get very busy – but always make time to read daily with your child – both them reading to you – and you reading to them.
  • Remember that reading ‘is all around us’ – literally. Read a comic, a recipe, a letter, a top-trump card – whatever you can ‘sneak’ in without them noticing!
  • Chat to your child about school – ask them to retell a story they wrote or to explain how they made something.
  • Set up a correspondence with a friend or relative – exchange postcards (or emails!)
  • Use shopping trips to work out amounts and change etc.
  • Regular use of mathletics is proven to boost children’s maths skills – ask your child’s class teacher if you need a new copy of their login.
  • Play board games – there’s lots of hidden number and letter work in them!
  • Broaden their horizons – take them to different places and experiences
  • Find what they’re successful at – and go for it! Everyone has talents….

Having a child with Special Educational Needs can be, at times, worrying, baffling and daunting. If you need support with any aspect of your child’s provision, then please do contact me (Mrs Roberts – SENDCo) or Mrs Deacon (Family Support Worker) and we shall be happy to try and help. For example, we could read through a professional report together or we could help with writing letters, understanding jargon or filling out paperwork.

Mrs Abigail Roberts – SENCO@melbourn.cambs.sch.uk

Mrs Charlotte Deacon – cdeacon@melbourn.cambs.sch.uk

Alternatively, you can contact us through the school office: Tel 01763 223 457

In addition, Cambridgeshire’s SEND Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) is set up to help parents navigate the world of education. They are objective and confidential and can be contacted at:

SENDIASS                                                     Telephone: 01223 699 214,
Cambridgeshire County Council
SH1212Shire Hall
Cambridge
CB3 0AP

email pps@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.Shire